Culture – Daily News Egypt https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com Egypt’s Only Daily Independent Newspaper In English Fri, 20 Sep 2019 21:11:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Tutankhamun Opera finalised following Opera Aida play https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/18/tutankhamun-opera-finalised-following-opera-aida-play/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:55:52 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708344 The opera is to depict the life of Tutankhamun as the youngest pharaoh to rule Egypt, focusing on the dramatic events that changed his life from an early age until his death.

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Veteran archaeologist Zahi Hawas, announced the finalising of the script of the Tutankhamun Opera, planned to be the opening show of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in 2020.

The former minister of antiquities stated that the show is planned to be featured as the gala Opera Aida show, adding that it will also be performed on 22 November 2022 at Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, in celebration of the centennial discovery of the young king’s tomb.

The opera is to depict the life of Tutankhamun as the youngest pharaoh to rule Egypt, focusing on the dramatic events that changed his life from an early age until his death.

The GEM is expected to open by the end of 2020, according to state-media outlet, Al-Ahram Online. It is planned to have the whole collection of Tutankhamun’s monuments displayed, which were discovered in his burial chamber in 1912, and were never displayed before.

Hawas previously explained that the opera recites the historical timeline of the young pharaoh, since he was a little child who was born and raised by his step-mother, Nefertiti.

It tells the story of Nefertiti, the jealous step-mother who does not want Tutankhamun to rule after his father, to the extent of requesting one of Egypt’s enemies to kill Tutankhamun.

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NMEC displays 5,000 artefacts donated by AUC https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/17/nmec-displays-5000-artefacts-donated-by-auc/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:57:04 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708289 Antiquities legally processed by the university were unearthed in 1960s   

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The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) received on Tuesday 5,000 artefacts that were given by the American University in Cairo (AUC) to the Egyptian government two years ago, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

The Islamic, Coptic, Pharaonic, Greek, and Roman antiquities, were legally processed by the AUC since the 1960s, after they were unearthed by an Egyptian-American excavation mission. At the time, the law stipulated the approval of any foreign mission to keep half of their artefact findings.

The joint mission dedicated its findings to the AUC, as the head of the US mission was the late George Scanlon, professor emeritus in AUC’s Department of Arab and Islamic Civilisations.

The relics were unearthed in the Fustat area. The museum is currently putting some of the artefacts on display while restoring the ones in need.

The artefacts include pottery shards, pieces of fabric, glass fragments, beads, and some coins. As for the bulk of the materials, they consist of fragments of everyday pottery, such as bowls, ulnas, jars, and bits of luxurious lusterware vessels. Most of the materials could be dated back to the 10th and 11th centuries. Some of the objects in the collection had been legal gifts to the university.

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Remains of ancient temple unearthed in Sohag after illegal digging by locals https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/17/remains-of-ancient-temple-unearthed-in-sohag-after-illegal-digging-by-locals/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:12:09 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708271 It’s believed to belong to Roman Empire era, says Ashmawy

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The ministry of antiquities, on Sunday, announced the unearthing of parts of an ancient temple beneath a house in Sohag, whose owners have been illegally digging for antiquities.

The era to which the temple belongs to has yet to be determined.

However, Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian antiquities sector at the ministry, said that the temple likely belongs to the Roman Empire era, due to the design of the unearthed limestone aisles.

An archaeological mission is currently examining the temple to discover further details about it, Ashmawy told DMC channel. 

The story began when the police was informed that some people were digging at their house for days searching for antiquities in Sohag.

They dug a 9-metre hole beneath the house, leading them into two 0.60-metre alleys made of limestone. A room made of limestone was also found, whose walls were covered with inscriptions, writings, and decorations.

They also found relics indicating that the discovery is part of an ancient temple that may belong to the Roman Empire era which started its rule in Egypt 30 BC after the end of the Ptolemaic rule by the death of Cleopatra.

Ashmawy explained that the design of the unearthed room indicates that it was a bathroom or a service room of a huge building, and that the alleys are connecting paths inside the temple.

“This cannot be the main building of the temple, as the Roman Empire did not use limestone in building their temples,” he assured.

This is the second discovery of its kind in the same week, he added.

Another temple was discovered a few days ago in the village of Kom Ashqaw in Sohag, whilst a contracting company was digging to complete the sewage project in the village. An archaeological mission was formed to examine the temple and define its era.

Ashmawy said that digging in this area was illegal, referring to the fact that it falls under the Law No 117 for 1983 for protecting antiquities. It means that the area has many unearthed antiquities, and that individuals cannot search for them.

Coincidence led to the discovery of many antiquities recently in Egypt, partly because of people’s obsession with getting rich quickly, especially in the residential areas built over archaeological sites, Ashmawy added.

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EGP 16m Belgian grant, to complete the restoration of Baron Palace https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/15/egp-16m-belgian-grant-to-complete-the-restoration-of-baron-palace/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:30:51 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=708019 Fund is part of Egyptian-Belgian cooperation in heritage reservation, El-Anany states 85% of restoration completed with total of EGP 104m

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Almost two months ahead the grand opening of the iconic Baron Palace after decades of closed doors, Egypt signed a debt swap agreement with Belgium to fund the palace restoration with EGP 16m.

Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Sahar Nasr, singed the agreement on Thursday with the Belgian ambassador to Egypt Sibille de Cartier. In the palatial garden, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, attended the signing in celebration of restoring the palace which is in the final stages.

The agreement states investing the money into the restoration of the place in order to turn into a chronicling gate which announces the history of Heliopolis over the decades.

The EGP 16m fund is a part of the Egyptian-Belgian cooperation in the field of heritage reservation.

The minister of antiquities stated that 85% of the restoration is completed, with a total of EGP 104m, some of which is the Belgian grant.

The Belgian embassy in Egypt expressed its thrill in taking part in renovating the heritage palace that was  built by a Belgian millionaire and the founder of Heliopolis Edouard Louis Joseph, or Baron Empain, at the end of the 19th century.

“We are proud to contribute to the preservation of this important common heritage and hope it will lead to many more initiatives to protect and renovate the ‘city of the sun’!” the embassy tweeted.

De Cartier asserted that relations between both countries are strong and as deep as the Baron palace, as they started last century to establish them.

“Baron palace presents the Egyptian-Belgian historical cooperation, and the relation between both countries starts from the establishment of Heliopolis. This agreement takes part in opening the new museum which portrays the history of the ties between the two countries,” she said.

For her side, Nasr stated in a press release that the fund comes as a part of the ministry’s direction to establish a debt exchange programme in which Egypt settles its debts by using the finances in cultural development projects.

Nasr further added that the ministry targets applying the loan exchange programme with Italy, and Germany “as this allows for investing the loans in priority venture and development projects in Egypt.”

The museum is planned to be a documentation to the elite neighbourhood it was built in, Heliopolis. A museum is to be opened at the palace to document the pictures, documents, and archived blueprints of the palace since its establishment.

The restoration of the palace started in 2017. So far, the ministry successfully renovated the ceiling of the building, and its almost worn away front part.

The palace is considered one of the most famous and remarkable landmarks of Heliopolis, if not all of Egypt. It was designed by French architect Alexandre Marcel.

Baron Empain had a major role in designing the upper-class Heliopolis neighbourhood in Cairo, from the time he arrived in Egypt in 1904.

He established his own business, which was called Heliopolis Oasis Company, bought a large space of desert from the colonial forces, and turned it into what is currently known as Heliopolis.

He died in 1929, and was buried under the Basilica Church in Heliopolis, which was linked to the Baron palace by an underground tunnel.

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Egypt’s most listened to music on Spotify during summer https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/egypts-most-listened-to-music-on-spotify-during-summer/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:43:43 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707652 Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, came in second place after Senorita in Egypt. The pop artist’s latest releases are also an international hit, with more than 500m views on YouTube.

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As summer is coming to an end in Egypt, ushering in the months of coldness, the music Egyptians were fond of during the hot season are far from fading. In its most recent releases, the international music platform, Spotify, revealed the songs Egyptians most listened to during the summer months.

Following the global hit, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s collaboration, Senorita topped the chart in Egypt, to become Spotify’s most-streamed global song of the summer for 2019. The song is the second collaboration between Mendes and Cabello, and obtained more than 565m streams since its June release, becoming a hit track which has simmered atop Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart for eight straight weeks.

Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, came in second place after Senorita in Egypt. The pop artist’s latest releases are also an international hit, with more than 500m views on YouTube.

The third place was reserved for Egypt’s most famous underground band Cairooke, Kan La’ak Ma’aya (What You Had With Me) in their remake of the legendary Um Kolthoum song, holding the same title. The band’s number of listened-to songs witnessed increased popularity over the past decade on the platform, leading it to being the third most listened to song over the summer.

Imagine Dragons’s Believer was the fourth fan-favourite this summer in Egypt. The song “has been witnessing massive popularity since its release back in 2017 and made its way up to fifth place in Egypt’s most-streamed songs of summer,” according to Spotify’s press release.

Halsey’s “Without Me” came in sixth place as Egyptians most favourite song this summer, followed by Egypt’s pop star Mohammed Hamaky’s latest release Mel Bedaya (From the Start). The song is one of Hamaky’s most recent albums that saw the light earlier this year, causing a huge buzz in the Egyptian music scene.

Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s “I Don’t Care” came in eighth place.

While Post Malone’s recently released singles have been witnessing massive acclaim since they hit the market this year, his 2018 hit “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage, secured its place at number nine in the top 10 most streamed songs on Spotify this summer in Egypt.

Billie Eilish also marked another position in the top 10 most listened-to music in Egypt, with her latest hit Lovely. 

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Amid international accreditation, Mama meets Egyptians in its local premiere https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/amid-international-accreditation-mama-meets-egyptians-in-its-local-premiere/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:42:21 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707639 The theatre play features mothers’ roles of encouraging women’s oppression in Arab society

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Ever since he stepped into the world of media production, writer and director Ahmed El Attar attached his name to revealing controversial content which depicts nothing but the truthful status quo of Egyptian society. Through a detailed, well-written script and one-of-a-kind talent that captivates one to the story effortlessly, El Attar engraves the –sometimes hurtful- truth on the walls of the beautifully portrayed art of his plays.

The artist is to have his latest considerable theatre hit, Mama, in its local premiere amid international praise. In his latest plays El Attar tackles the issue of women’s roles in implementing gender discrimination against females, and how they subconsciously encourage it against their own daughters.

Mama is a social theatre play that is written and directed by El Attar, which takes place inside the living room of a Cairo-based, upper middle-class family. The play takes the audience into a world that looks similar to the ones most of them live in, featuring the family bonds in Egypt, and their effect of making a difference.

In the living room, which protects family intimacy and welcomes visitors from outside, and where women dominate the scene. Mama exposes the complex layers of alternating relationships of power and morality which generate and motivate them, according to the press release of the play.

In 75 minutes, El Attar leads audiences behind the scenes of women’s oppression in Arab society. To what may look like men dominating women and controlling their lives, he sheds light on another perspective which is that women are the source of implementing these oppressive ideas in their children while growing up.

The play premiered at the Avignon international theatre festival–the largest theatre festival in the world– and was an international success throughout the past year when it toured over eight cities in Europe. It will open its doors to Egyptian audiences on eight evenings, between 12 and 15 September, and between 20 and 23 at Cairo’s Falaki theatre.

The play was coproduced by the Avignon festival, making it the first Egyptian play to ever be coproduced by the 72-year-old festival. Mama, which premiered at the Avignon festival in July 2018, has been touring some of the most prestigious festivals and theatres across France since then, according to the press release.

In its international premiere at the Avignon festival, El Attar stated that “Arab society is a purely masculine society. We must go beyond the obvious and search even more to be able to change. The mother is often the one who raises the children. She feeds them the same traditional concepts of the patriarchal society. She contributes to the transmission of masculine ideas. I try in ‘Mama’ to highlight the conflicts that occur between women in the same family for reasons of control and domination.”

Featuring 13 characters, the play reflects the image of society with all the characters that grow up, become shaped and forcefully ensconced into their predetermined roles.

Mama stars Abdelrahman Magdy; Dalia Ramzi; Hadeer Moustafa; Heba Rifaat; Menha El Batrawy; Menna El Touny; Mohamed Hatem; Mona Soliman; Nanda Mohammad; Noha El Kholy; Ramsi Lehner; Teymour El Atta;, Belal Ali, and Seif Mohamed.

The play is the third part of the family trilogy as the director created a series of the family structures, and the desired change for a difference in the Arab world.

Furthermore, El Attar follows the school of showcasing the daily dilemmas of Egyptian society onstage. Believing in of presenting another perspective of social issues, he tackles what most people see as closed taboo subjects. In his previous plays, “La vie est belle”, “Waiting for My Uncle from America”, and “The Last Supper”, El Attar also tackled social sides of regular Egyptian families from different perspectives.

El Attar received numerous local and international recognition. Most recently, he was named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (2019), a prestigious award bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture which was offered to El Attar for his significant contribution to the field of theatre and for an important role he plays in creating bridges between the Egyptian/Arab and French art and theatre.

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AUC celebrated last century’s achievements, anticipates overcoming new challenges https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/auc-celebrated-last-centurys-achievements-anticipates-overcoming-new-challenges/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:27:57 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707636 AUC’s global ranking jumped 25 places last year, to 395 among top 400 best universities in QS World University Rankings

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Under the umbrella of the American University in Cairo’s (AUC) celebrations of its centennial, the university held a roundtable discussion to elaborate on the achievements it has marked over the past decade, and the challenges the board aims to overcome.

Titled ‘AUC: A new century, future plans and priorities,’ the discussion witnessed the participation of the AUC President, Francis Ricciardone, the AUC Counsellor, Ashraf Hatem, and the AUC Provost, Ehab Abdel Rahman.

In their speeches, all three tackled the support the university provides its students which has been ongoing for years, and plans of continuing it, especially after the floatation and the affect it had on the financial situation of the students and the university.

Ricciardone said that the AUC provides all of its students with a subsidy that lifts up to 25% of the fees they are required to have. “When counting it elsewise, almost 50% of our students have a full scholarship,” he explained.

Nonetheless, Ricciardone affirmed that the university is within the right financial track, with the support of the fund they get from the United States government, and a number of organisations and entities that share the university’s same goal of “investing in the future.” He further described the AUC’s financial status quo as “healthy but not wealthy.”

Moreover, he elaborated that after the floatation, the university granted extra financial support in order to lift some of the burden from students who prove they are hard workers.

“As the American University in Cairo, we have our budget in US dollars, and most of our professors are foreigners, so we cannot work elsewise. Yet, we provide our students with the support they need in case of showing they are not capable of fully securing their college fees,” he shared.

Other than the enrolled students of Egypt’s number one elite university, the discussion tackled the collaborations the AUC has with several other governments in order to help other students make use of the knowledge they believe “belongs to Egypt,” according to Ricciardone.

For his side, Hatem said that the university signed an agreement with the ministry of planning, monitoring, and administrative reform in order to intensively train government employees as part of preparing them to relocate to the New Administrative Capital.

The training programme includes two months of training at the AUC, followed by one month of intensive training at the King’s College, London University.

As a part of supporting government university students, Hatem added that the AUC signed an agreement with Ain Shams University as a part of student exchange programme with a number of international universities.

As for the University Centre for Career Development (UCCD) programme, which aims to provide government university’ students with required knowledge and skills for the job market, he asserted that the board has put all of their efforts in order to plan the project well for them to overcome the bureaucracy of governmental institutions.

The project targets establishing 20 UCCD units at 12 public universities in Upper Egypt, the Delta, and the greater Cairo area, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is to remain under the supervision of the AUC for four years through which they plan to develop the skills of around 1 million Egyptian students.

Abdel Rahman’s comprehensive discussion explained that the AUC’s global ranking jumped 25 places last year, to become the 395th among the top 400 best universities in the QS World University Rankings.

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EU launches its 12th photography competition celebrating Egyptian Women Champions https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/11/eu-launches-its-12th-photography-competition-celebrating-egyptian-women-champions/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 07:00:14 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707621 Deadline for submissions is 24 October 2019

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The European Union (EU) delegation to Egypt launched its photography competition for the 12th year in a row. The competition is considered as part of the EU’s support to the Egyptian cultural scene and to promote talents, as well as to highlight various activities under the bilateral cooperation between the EU and Egypt.

The competition is held this year under the theme “Egyptian Women Champions”, according to a Tuesday statement, asserting that women and girls are a key strength of the society and a driving force for Egypt’s development in all fields.

Documenting their empowerment and spotlighting their individual and collective success stories is essential, and indeed their inherent right, the statement declared, noting that building stable, prosperous, and inclusive societies requires the full participation of women, which is fully reflected in the EU-Egypt partnership priorities, jointly adopted in 2017.

“Through this year’s theme, we celebrate Egyptian women and girls and the valuable, irreplaceable contributions they make in advancing ‘Om al Dunia’, Masr,” Ivan Surkoš, head of the EU delegation to Egypt, said.

The competition is open to all photographers living in Egypt who do not receive a major part of their income from photography. The EU delegation to Egypt offers prizes to the first three winners. The delegation’s 2020 desk calendar will feature the top 12 photos. An awards ceremony and an exhibition featuring the top 30 photos will be held.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday 24 October 2019. Photographers wishing to participate can apply online. Full details on the rules and regulations of the competition can be found on the delegation’s website.

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Temporary exhibition in Luxor displays El-Assasif Necropolis’s restored antiquities https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/10/temporary-exhibition-in-luxor-displays-el-assasif-necropoliss-restored-antiquities/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 14:00:20 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707570 Exhibition displays 39 restored Ushabti statues

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Building on the huge success which temporary antiquities exhibitions inside and outside Egypt have witnessed, the Minister of Antiquities, Khaled El-Anany, inaugurated on Sunday an exhibition displaying the unearthed gems of El-Assasif Necropolis in Luxor.

Under the name, “El-Assasif South Cemetery: A Journey Through Time”, the exhibition opens its doors to visitors in order to explore the discovered relics the Egyptian mission came across through the restoration of the El-Assasif Necropolis.

The opening ceremony was attended by Elena Pischikova, the director of the American-Egyptian South Asasif Conservation Project; Moustafa Waziri, the Secretary General of Supreme Council of Antiquities; and Ayman Ashmawy, the head of ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

El-Assasif is located in south Dra’ Abul-Naga necropolis in Luxor’s west bank. It is known to be an enriching necropolis for containing a number of individual cemeteries that date back to the period between the 18th and 26th dynasties. 

However, some 5th dynasty tombs were discovered over the years indicating that the area was used at that era, which indicated that the site used to be a royal cemetery in the second half of the 11th Dynasty. 

Pischikova stated that the exhibition aims to revive the long history of the El-Assasif archaeological site throughout its various historical eras. 

The exhibition includes 39 Ushabti statues that the mission managed to restore from the discoveries. The showcased statues were combined from over 100 remains that the mission came across while renovating the cemeteries of the necropolis. The statues were found at the tomb of Thebes’ mayor during the 25th dynasty.

The exhibition also displays a number of canopic jars, which were used during the mummification process in order to preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife, as well as a limestone portrait that was found engraved in 21 pieces. The portrait depicts a lady from the 26th dynasty while worshiping Aton, the sun god.

The exhibition comes as a part of the Ministry of Antiquities’ celebration of opening two cemeteries to the public after their complete restoration which took place on Sunday. The restoration process also included four chapels at the temple of Khonsu in Luxor. 

One of the tombs belongs to a noble man and his wife from the 19th dynasty. The tomb belongs to Raya– who is introduced as Amun’s fourth priest–and his wife. The cemetery’s entrance showcases inscriptions of funeral scenes. The other tomb belongs to Niay, who was the scribe of the table, as the inscriptions on his tomb shows.

The restoration of Niay’s tomb took two tears from 2015 to 2017, during which 300 Egyptian archaeologists were trained by the American Research Center in Egypt.

The restoration took place in cooperation with the ARCE, at a cost of EGP 35m granted by the USAID which also funded the training of the aforementioned Egyptian archaeologists.

According to the state-owned media outlet, Al-Ahram Online, the ARCE led restoration efforts through training 59 ministry conservationists who documented, cleaned, and restored four of the temple’s chapels in the Khonsu Temple at Karnak. The conservationists also removed patches from previous restoration work in the 1960s and 1970s and replaced them using the latest technology.

The American–Egyptian South Asasif Conservation Project started in 2006, and managed to renovate a large number of completely destroyed cemeteries, along with some of the unearthed relics.

At the opening of the cemeteries, El-Anany praised the “continuous cooperation between Egypt and the United States, which led to the opening of a number of archaeological projects, including the reduction of the ground water of Kom El-Shoqafa archaeological sites in Alexandria, and the restoration of Kom Ombo site in Aswan.”

During his visit to Luxor, El-Anany also stated the start of the restoration of one of Ramses II’s statues at the west bank of Luxor Temple. 

Waziri explained that the restoration will take place in cooperation with a mission from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, which he will lead. The seven-metre long statue is made of red granite.

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K-Movie Nights to kick off in mid-September https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/10/k-movie-nights-to-kick-off-in-mid-september/ Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:48:48 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707566 South Korean ambassador, Egyptian filmmaker Khaled Jalal to inaugurate the event

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The ambassador of South Korea to Egypt Yeocheol Yoon and the Egyptian director Khaled Jalal will inaugurate the K-Movie Nights on 15 September at El-Hanager Cinema at the Cairo Opera House.

The event offers a new set of films combining drama, crime, and comedy, and will run over three nights until 17 September.

Three films: Little Forest, Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow, and Assassination, will be screened with Arabic subtitles.

The K-Movie Nights will also include two screenings at the Misr Public Library in Port Said, where Little Forest will be displayed on 18 September, while Tunnel will be displayed on 19 September.

Director of the Korean Culture Center in Cairo, Yang Sang Keun, emphasised the importance of the movie screenings in promoting cultural exchange as well as increasing mutual understanding between Egypt and Korea.

He added that the Korean Culture Center in Cairo has a year-round programme of film screenings at its premises in Dokki, noting that these screenings helped Korean culture fans in Egypt to closely experience Korean culture, as well as discover the Korean lifestyle.

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Art Jameel’s 9th graduation artwork focuses on Islamic designs https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/08/art-jameels-9th-graduation-artwork-focuses-on-islamic-designs/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 19:40:33 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707352 The graduation ceremony of the two-year programme witnessed the handicrafts which the 21 students aimed to mirror their thoughts and what they have been learning over the past two years.

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Islamic designs and Mamluk Empire motifs were the main theme of the art work of Art Jameel’s ninth graduation group of the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Cairo.

The graduation ceremony of the two-year programme witnessed the handicrafts which the 21 students aimed to mirror their thoughts and what they have been learning over the past two years.

The ceremony was attended by Egypt’s Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem, who stressed the importance of handicrafts in shaping the Egyptian identity.

Abdel-Dayem stated that handicrafts are an essential element which presents the glory of Egyptian heritage, and is an indicator to local art innovation and uniqueness.

She also praised the cooperation between Egyptian artisans and international organisations which promote the Egyptian artisan culture and heritage. 

Art Jameel is an independent organisation which fosters and promotes contemporary art, cultural heritage protection, and creative entrepreneurship across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, and beyond.

The Jameel House of Traditional Arts provides Egyptians with classes in traditional Islamic geometry, drawing, colour harmony, and arabesque studies, as well as specialised training in ceramics, glass and gypsum, metalwork, and woodwork.

“We noticed this year a significant development in the graduates’ work and their confident, articulate presentation skills. This year, two students who specialised in brass work created replicas of Mamluk metalwork: a table and a chandelier. The results are impressive and indicate the potential of creating works for museum shops in Egypt,” said Mamdouh Sakr, director of the programme at the Jameel House in a press release.

Throughout the programme curriculum, the students learned the elements of preserving cultural heritage, as well as the main elements of restoring monuments, as well as elements of contemporary designs.

“Most of the students who specialised in woodwork were keen to make furniture pieces. This was challenging for some of them, but again the results were satisfying. The ceramics group created a variety of designs for plates and decorative panels that showed how they were able to draw inspiration from various sources and references,” he added.

Graduation is not the end of the art journey students witness with artwork. Among the programme’s goals is to secure job opportunities for its students within the fields of art and design.

The graduates’ artwork is on display in an exhibition that runs until 12 September at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Cairo in the Fustat Traditional Crafts Centre.

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Tutankhamun Paris exhibition breaks attendance records in France https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/08/tutankhamun-paris-exhibition-breaks-attendance-records-in-france/ Sun, 08 Sep 2019 07:00:33 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=707306 The exhibition hit the charming French city after 50 years of absence, since the first time the antiquities were on display in Paris in 1967, where 1.2 million visitors expressed their interest in exploring the history of the young king.

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Egypt’s young Pharaoh still fascinates the world centuries after his life ended. Tutankhamun’s exhibition in Paris broke the record, topping the list of France’s most visited cultural events this year with over 1.4 million visitors within a few months from its inauguration, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

The exhibition, titled Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Pharaoh, displays 150 antiquities from the pharaoh’s personal belongings, including the world’s most famous gold mask, the gilded wooden bed-which was fashioned especially for his funeral with carved lion feet-golden coffins, and 3D models which the museum prepared in order to take visitors through time and place within the glories of the Egyptian civilisation.

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities inaugurated the exhibition last March, in Paris, France, the first country of Tutankhamun’s tour in seven other countries. At the Grande Halle de La Villette, the exhibition runs till the end of September.

The exhibition hit the charming French city after 50 years of absence, since the first time the antiquities were on display in Paris in 1967, where 1.2 million visitors expressed their interest in exploring the history of the young king.

Tutankhamun’s exhibition is a part of the ministry’s adopted policy in holding a number of temporary exhibitions across the world as a way of promoting tourism in Egypt, especially ahead of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). 

The belongings of the world’s lovable young king, is to head to London next in their third stop of the international tour after the Unites States and France.

It is planned to journey to six other countries, including Japan, the UK, Australia, and South Korea, where they are to be revealed in 10 cities. The temporary exhibition witnessed a remarkable success in the US. Local media reported that it attracted more than 500 million visitors since it opened in March.

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Culture Ministry holds exhibition of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’s official documents https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/03/culture-ministry-holds-exhibition-of-nobel-laureate-naguib-mahfouzs-official-documents/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:40:37 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706974 Located in his museum in Al-Gamaleya, it commemorates his 13th death anniversary

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Commemorating his 13th death anniversary which fell on Sunday, the Cultural Development Fund, affiliated to the Ministry of Culture, is organising a temporary exhibition of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

Named “Mahfouz and the Official Seal”, the one-week exhibition showcases some of Mahfouz’s official documents which he obtained throughout his life.

The exhibition is being held at Naguib Mahfouz Museum, which was inaugurated in July, at Al-Gamaleya district, putting on display documents that will see the light for the first time.

The exhibition showcases 70 official documents that were highlighted in journalist Tarek Taher’s latest book that hold the same name of the exhibition.

The great novelist’s school and academic certificates until his graduation in the Faculty of Arts, are among the displayed documents in the exhibition.

It further puts Mahfouz’s official hiring letters under the spotlight, including his letter of assignment as the head of the Egyptian institution for cinema, as well as the reports he wrote in his career as the head of the Central Authority for the Censorship of Works of Art (CACWA), and the main decisions he took while he help this post.

The exhibition also brings to public Mahfouz’s property statement and the secret reports of his work in the mentioned positions. 

The exhibition runs along some of Mahfouz’s belongings at his museum that was once known as Muhammad Bek Abu El Dahab Complex which was built in 1774 during the Ottoman Empire.

The antique building is listed as one of the country’s heritage buildings. With the cooperation of both the ministries of antiquities and culture, it was turned into an official museum of the late writer where all his belongings were put on display.

The museum is located in the place where Mahfouz was born, and got the inspiration that was always reflected in his novel. From this neighbourhood, he brought the world one of its most astonishing masterpieces, that chronicled the area of Old Cairo, like Bayn El Kasrain “Between the Two Palaces”, a trilogy that chronicled Egyptian society in the 1920s.

The minister of culture previously stated at the opening of the museum that all the showcased belongings were gifted from Mahfouz’s daughter, Om Kalthoum, to the ministry of culture.

The museum also contains four main libraries: Mahfouz’s personal library that has the 1,091 books he owned all of his life and spent his time roaming among them, a literary library that offers visitors 119 of the world’s most known and famous literature, a third library of Mahfouz’s 169 art masterpieces, and the fourth is a general one with 165 books in different fields. 

It further documents all the phases of Mahfouz’s lifetime, including his assassination attempt. At the dream of departure hall, there are the incidents of the two Islamists who stabbed him in the neck. They aimed to kill him for his controversial novel, Awlad Haretna (Children of Gebelawi). This led to a permanent disability causing him to be unable to write except for a few minutes every day.

In 2006, Egypt bid farewell to the great novelists who passed away at the age of 96. 

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Royal Carriages Museum to reopen in December after restoration https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/03/royal-carriages-museum-to-reopen-in-december-after-restoration/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:37:08 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706972 Unlike the common displayed antiquities in the museums, the Royal Carriages Museum is to open its door for visitors to more of just statues, vessels, or belongings of the royal family. It presents the carriages they used to take in commuting.

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Planned-to-display items will be showcased only at one-quarter of the museum’s space, as the rest of museum’s area was taken by Cairo governorate to turn it into a garage

The glory of Mohammed Ali Pasha’s ruling era is not limited to the fascinating architecture in Cairo Downtown or cultural institutions of which he was the god father like the Opera, it expands to one of Egypt’s fascinating museums that only a few people are aware of.

Unlike the common displayed antiquities in the museums, the Royal Carriages Museum is to open its door for visitors to more of just statues, vessels, or belongings of the royal family. It presents the carriages they used to take in commuting.

The museum is three months away from being reopened after its restoration that has been going for two years. The museum has been closed since 2001 for renovation. Yet, the work stopped for years, before resuming in 2017.

The museum puts on display some of the 20th century’s most luxurious, fascinating carriages made by veteran designers who spent their lifetime making unique carriages only dedicated to the royal family.

About 80% of the restoration works were completed, according to state-owned Al-Ahram Online.

“The museum would put on show a collection of royal carriages along with accessories and clothes of the horse guards. The items will be distributed across five halls. The first will exhibit the chariot that French Empress Eugenie gifted to Khedive Ismail on the occasion of the official opening of the Suez Canal, while the second hall will display rare types of chariots known as Alay and Half-Alay,” Nevine Nizar, assistant to the minister of antiquities for museum affairs, told Al-Ahram Online.

She added, “the third hall is the core of the museum and will display ceremonial chariots that were used by royal family members in wedding and funerary occasions, and for promenades. Painted portraits depicting members of the royal family will be also exhibited. The fourth hall will be dedicated to the uniforms of chevaliers and horse riders, while the fifth and last hall will show accessories used to decorate the chariots and horses, such as the horseshoes, bridles and saddles.”

The planned-to-display items will be showcased only at one-quarter of the museum’s original space, as the rest of the fascinating museum’s area was taken by Cairo governorate in order to turn it into a garage in Boulaq El-Dakrour district in 1961.

The museum was established at Khedive Ismail’s era. It was dedicated to displaying the royal carriages and horses belonging to the royal family. Under the name of the Department of the Khedive Carriages, it was firstly opened, before turning into the name of Management of the Royal Stables.

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10th SIKKA Art Festival to kick off March 2020 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/02/10th-sikka-art-festival-to-kick-off-march-2020/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 21:15:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706868 Organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the 10th Sikka Festival will bring the world a variety of visual, theatrical, and musical arts as well as cinema and singing activities to its portfolio.

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For the tenth year in a row, the Sikka Art Festival is to kick off, with efforts and plans to meet international standards. The Dubai-based art festival is announced to take place next year from in 19-29 March.

Organised by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the 10th Sikka Festival will bring the world a variety of visual, theatrical, and musical arts as well as cinema and singing activities to its portfolio.

“Sikka Art Festival succeeded in being a regional destination for creativity during DAS, especially as it attracts emerging artists, culture enthusiasts, and the arts from all over the country and the region.” Walid Ahmed, project manager of DAS and Sikka said in a press release.

He added that this year’s edition comes “in celebration of their true talents and support of their presence in Dubai, which pays special attention to creative people and their talents, enhancing their competitiveness by supporting and motivating them.”

The cultural festival is being held annually in the heard of Old Dubai, in order to spotlight Arab’s most unique talents in the fields of visual and performing arts, music, and film. It includes several workshops that present the UAE’s enriching heritage.

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Egyptian prominent writer Mostafa El-Labbad dies at 54 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/02/egyptian-prominent-writer-mostafa-el-labbad-dies-at-54/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 22:05:22 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706758 El-Labbad was born in Cairo in 1965. He is the son of the late cartoonist, author, and pioneer graphic designer Mohie El-Din El-Labbad, who died in 2010.

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Egyptian writer and political analyst Mostafa El-Labbad passed away on Sunday at the age of 54.


El-Labbad was born in Cairo in 1965. He is the son of the late cartoonist, author, and pioneer graphic designer Mohie El-Din El-Labbad, who died in 2010.

El-Labbad served as the Director of Al Sharq Centre for Regional and Strategic Studies, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Sharq Nameh Egyptian Magazine, one of the issues of the centre.

Mostafa holds a PhD in political economy in the Middle East from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 1994 and his main interest was Turkish, Iranian, and Central Asian affairs.

He is the author of Hada’ek Al-Ahzan (Garden of Sadness: Iran and the rule of the Faqih) issued in 2006. He also co-authored other books including Turkya bayn Tahadeyat Al-Dakhel Wa Rahanat Al-Khareg (Turkey between Internal Challenges and External Bets), published in 2009.


The Supreme Media Council mourned the distinguished author, saying that Egypt’s academic and media field has lost a notable thinker and scholar.

 

 

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Arabesque: online platform artistically chronicling Arab Heritage https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/01/arabesque-online-platform-artistically-chronicling-arab-heritage/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 21:58:47 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706746 Most of the Arab heritage is transferred only verbally, without the application of any art documentation to the historical veteran figures; says founder

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When exploring Arab and Islamic legends, one would rarely stumble upon any portrait of their facial characters or figures, despite being featured in numerous stories, authentic books throughout the years. Many of the history’s most famous names are anonymous when it comes to the way they look like, even though their characteristics were described in details in various chronicling encyclopedias, something that young artist Eslam Abo Shady aims to change.

Abo Shady has always been fascinated with Arab heritage, overwhelmed with his professional career as a character creator, and driven by his vivid imagination. Hence, he was inspired to create Arabesque, a platform through which artists get to portray Arab legends using the mental image they get from reading about them.

With the help of his friend, Ahmed Nabil, they established an art hub, for talented visual artists who all gather under the umbrella of documenting each figure with every possible way.

Abo Shady started his talk to Daily News Egypt by saying: “If you search about King Arther, you would find hundreds of portraits featuring him. Even though there were no cameras at that time to capture his face, yet, artists managed to chronicle his image through their efforts, and their paintings. While if you search about Abbas Ibn Fernas, the pioneer of flying, you would rarely find any images of him.”

Abo Shady believes that most of the Arab heritage is transferred only verbally, without any art documentation to the historical veteran figures.

“We do not chronicle any of our heritage visually. It is only written in books that young generations stopped reading, so they ceased knowing about our heroic characters, and legendary ancestors,” he explained.

Through his platform, Abo Shady with the help of the thousands of participating artists aims to create a visual reference to Arab’s most famous characters to help others imagine their appearance while reading about them or discover their way of life in the past. 

“These figures do not only resemble Arab’s most glorying period of times, but they are also actually the source most of the western known figures are inspired from, yet they remained hidden, leaving all spotlights, and astonishments to the others,” he pointed out.   

He further added that all of Arab’s most known figures are all based on eastern portrayal, which became the reference of the Arab’s heritage.

“Aladdin is all about Arabs, yet the only image people have about it, is the one Disney portrayed in its cartoon and film, even though it does not depict Arab culture properly,” he explained.

Through Arabesque, the two friends created an artistic platform for over 8,000 graphic designers and visual artists.

Every month, Abo Shady and Nabil pick a character and ask their peers to read about them, afterwards, they start drawing the selected character in any sort of art to document their features.

Myths main leads, heroes, kings and historical legends are all parts of the chosen figures who are being portrayed monthly.

“There is no certain specifications for the portrait. Characters can be cartoonish, portrayed only with their faces, bodies or in any form the artist feels like presenting,” he added.

For three years, the virtual platform has been a home for artists from all over the world who share Abo Shady the passion of visualizing the heritage.

Antarah Ibn Shaddad, the pre-Islamic era knight and poet who is known for his physical power, Sindbad the eastern sailor known for his full of adventures sea journeys, and Omena El-Ghoula, the pharaonic myth of child kidnapper, were all some of the characters the group has variously portrayed over the years. This comes along AlSeera AlHelaleyya (Taghribat Bani Hilal), the historical poets telling the story of the Bedouin tribe in their journey from Najd in the Gulf area to Tunisia and Algeria passing by Egypt, where they shaped the traditions of communities of Upper and Lower Egypt.

With their wild imagination, artists get to discover a new character every month by reading about it and spend weeks visualising the character, before they present it in the final appearance the way they imagined.

One of the things Abo Shady also aims to spread among people through Arabesque is encouraging them to read and rediscover the past, then revive it into a modernised form. As a passionate reader, Abo Shady was previously convinced that the characters he choose with Nabil to be portrayed are quite known to almost everyone else, “but I was slammed with the reality that very few people are aware of our heritage as Arabs, and that the majority who have not read about it, know nothing about it.”

Some of the characters were easy for people to imagine as they are already connected to previously through a cultural knot, like Omar Mukhtar. Dubbed the Lion of the Desert, Mukhtar was one of the easiest characters for artists to portray as they know about his story and fights throughout a film under the same name. “So it was not so hard for people to portray, however, others were not as famous as he is.”

While the platform aims to encourage artists to dig into history, it is open to hosting various results of their visualized imagination.

“I was not surprised by seeing artists portraying characters in various shapes, and poses. Yet, I was met with unexpected portraits that broke all the expected limits I had!” he stated, explaining, “artists showcased the myths the way the saw them, which in some cases were the complete opposite of the mainstream belief about it.”

While Omena El-Ghoula (Mother of Ghouls) has always been transferred among generations as a terrifying character that kidnaps children who do not follow their parents’ orders, some dug deep and saw the good inside of her and portrayed her as a good calmly smiling woman.

“Eventually, it is an open platform for everybody to express how they see a certain character, limiting them into a strict mainstream idea is the complete opposite of this platform’s goal,” Abo Shady concluded.

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Tanta Museum reopens after 19 years https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/09/01/tanta-museum-reopens-after-19-years/ Sun, 01 Sep 2019 06:15:19 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706639 The five-floor museum puts 1,208 coins on display from almost Egypt’s all historical eras. It also features statues from the country's various historical periods.

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As part of Egypt’s continuous efforts to renovate museums, the Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany inaugurated on Saturday the Tanta Museum after 19 years of being shutdown. The opening was attended by Moustafa Waziri, Secretary-general of Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Gharbia governor.

The museum showcases a total of 2,500 artefacts from various ancient eras; Roman, Greek, and Pharaonic, most notably a statue of Imhotep – the architect of the Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara – an icon of Virgin Mary, and a statue of the god Osiris.

The five-floor museum puts 1,208 coins on display from almost Egypt’s all historical eras. It also features statues from the country’s various historical periods.

One of the museum’s floors is dedicated to the Ancient Egyptians’ beliefs of the afterlife and their focus on burial chambers as the first phase of the resurrection of the dead bodies. The museum showcased a custom made replicas of doors, statues, and offerings, similar to the ones that were found carved on burial chambers to present the preparations people had to the afterlife.

The restoration process started at the end of 2017, focusing on the museum’s timeworn structure, and building two extra showrooms for antiquities.

It is to open its doors to the public for free for two weeks, according to Anany. The museum was built in 1913 as a part of the municipality building to be the city’s main museum.

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Museum of Egypt’s historical capitals to be established in NAC https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/28/museum-of-egypts-historical-capitals-to-be-established-in-nac/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:28:07 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706471 The Supreme Council of Antiquities signed an agreement with El Massa for Real Estate Development and Investment over the new museum which will be located in the arts and cultural city of the New Capital.

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The Supreme Council of Antiquities on Tuesday announced it will establish a new museum at the New Administrative Capital to showcase over 1,000 antiquities and relics from Egypt’s various capitals throughout the history, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities signed an agreement with El Massa for Real Estate Development and Investment over the new museum which will be located in the arts and cultural city of the New Capital.

Divided into sections, each section comes to portray a certain historical era. The museum documents Egypt’s different capitals, including the pharaonic Tiba, Alexandria under the Roman Empire, and Fatimid Cairo.

The museum’s inauguration date was not announced during the signing ceremony, nor the places of which the 1,000 antiquities to be transferred from.

Moustafa Waziri, secretary general of Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated that the agreement comes as a part of the Ministry of Antiquities’ cooperation with “government entities to develop museums.”

He further added that the ministry agreed with the Ministry of Housing to develop the Serapeum of Saqqara, and with the governorates of Marsa Matrouh and Kafr El-Sheikh to establish new museums there.

Waziri assured that the museum will be managed by the Council which is responsible for designing it, as well as protecting the showcased antiquities.

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El-Gouna Film Festival kicks off 19 September celebrating three years of success https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/27/el-gouna-film-festival-kicks-off-19-september-celebrating-three-years-of-success/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:40:43 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706232 Within few years, GFF grew to be as big as one of the most accredited film festivals like Cannes, says Sawiris

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Under the permanent theme it was launched with, Cinema For Humanity, The 3rd El-Gouna Film Festival (GFF) is scheduled to kick off on 19 September. GFF to bring 80 films from all over the world to Egypt’s Red Sea tourism hub, El-Gouna.

The details of this year’s edition were announced at a press conference on Monday through which the founders, Sawiris brothers, and directors revealed the details of the third edition.

The festival was founded by Naguib Sawiris, the Executive Chairperson of Orascom Holding, in the charming city of El-Gouna, which was founded by his brother Samih Sawiris. The festival was co-founded by Amr Mansi, its CEO, and runs under the directions of Intishal Al-Tamimi, and GFF COO Bushra Rozza.

The third edition will feature films from 40 countries, from which dozens compete at the three main competitions; Feature Narrative, Feature Documentary, and Short Film Competitions.

Veteran director Marwan Hamed was announced in the press conference to be the Head of the Short Film Competition Jury.

“This festival was met with success from the first edition. From what I see now, we have passed the most difficult phase, and it turned from a beginner festival into the well-establishment phase,” Naguib Sawiris said in his talk.

Sawiris added that as a cinema passionate, he attends most of the international film festivals, and he witnessed the way people praise GFF, which “within few years grew to be as big as some of the most accredited film festivals like Cannes.”

He further explained that the artistic content produced in this festival overcomes some of the most important festivals that have been established for decades. “People talk about it like it has been going for 30 years not only three!” he smilingly assured.

This year’s edition launches under the same theme the first edition was started under, Cinema For Humanity, which according to Sawiris, will remain the main theme of the festival for as long as it runs.

“Humanity is still facing devastation; from the Amazon fires, till the ships that still sink filled with people, it still faces severe crises,” he explained. He also justified the reason for which the cinema for humanity award was met with huge success during GFF’s first edition, as people are touched the most with humanitarian films.

GFF’s 3rd edition will not be limited to just films screenings, it will include an exhibition of veteran novelist Ihsan Abdel Qodous’ film posters is to take place at El-Gouna as a part of the film festival.

The festival is to celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of the legendary writer, and journalist through publishing the posters of the films that were based on his novels. The iconic writer work was featured in 47 films, which the exhibition will showcase their posters.

For his side, Amr Mansi assured that the festival raises the people’s cultural awareness, as well as promotes tourism in Egypt, creates a cultural touristic season not only for El-Gouna but for the whole Red Sea.

“29,000 tourists from the MENA region visited the Red Sea area last year, during the festival duration. The festival is no longer an only film festival, it has created a tourism season without losing its cultural aspect,” he stated.

Mansi highlighted that the festival also raised people’s awareness with the importance of the cinema industry, referring that the number of sold tickets last year was five folds the numbers of the first edition in 2017.

The 3rd GFF is to honour three stars from Egypt, the Middle East and the world. From Egypt, prominent comedian Mohammed Henedy was announced to be honoured this year, for his achievements in the comedy genre films.

“Comedians are rarely honoured in Egypt, and we believe that Mohammed Henedy was a pioneer, who inspired various actors followed his footsteps in the world of comedy films. People are used to honouring past stars, a mainstream that we are trying to break by honouring Henedy,” Bushra said.

From the Middle East, the festival will honour Palestinian-Lebanese film director Mai Masri. Hollywood actor Mena Massoud is among this year’s celebrities that will attend the festival.

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TIME Magazine lists Egypt’s Red Sea mountain trail as one of World’s Greatest Places 2019 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/26/time-magazine-lists-egypts-red-sea-mountain-trail-as-one-of-worlds-greatest-places-2019/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:18:07 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706148 The trail exploration started with a local initiative, launched by the Bedouins of the Maaza tribe, in collaboration with mountaineer Omar Samra and British adventurer Ben Hoffler.

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In the heart of Egypt’s fascinating Eastern Desert, which attracts tourists to travel a long way in order to stay few days and enjoy its mesmerizing peace, serenity, and quietness, lies an uncelebrated beauty, that just saw the light on Thursday when Time Magazine listed the Red Sea Mountain Trail among the magazine’s World’s Greatest Places for 2019.

The trail, located in the Red Sea near Hurghada, is listed as one of the top 100 greatest destinations worldwide, that the accredited magazine suggests people to visit this year.

The trail exploration started with a local initiative, launched by the Bedouins of the Maaza tribe, in collaboration with mountaineer Omar Samra and British adventurer Ben Hoffler.

The trail adventure connects the peaks overviewing the Red Sea coast, with the Bedouin guides.

Hoffler expressed his thrill with the announcement through his official Facebook page stating that he is “very happy to hear TIME magazine has ranked the Red Sea Mountain Trail one of the World’s Greatest Places for 2019.”

“The Red Sea Mountain Trail was founded earlier this year – opening a new frontier for mountain tourism in Egypt – after 5 years in development. It’s a big honour to see the trail in TIME, very proud to have been a part of the team that put it together and I hope it’ll help the Red Sea Mountain Trail grow and will encourage Egypt to take this kind of tourism seriously, giving it the support it truly needs,” he added.

For her side, Rania Al-Mashat Minister of Tourism stated that the diversity and richness Egypt has topped the international publications.

In a press release, Al-Mashat thanked Hoffler, and the Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra for the effort they paid in developing and supporting tourism in Egypt

Al-Mashat asserted that the project is a community project aiming to preserve the environment and offering a genuine experience for the adventurers to learn about the culture of the region.

The project follows the concept of the worldwide campaign “People to People”, she explained, adding that it is in line with the Ministry of Tourism’s vision to place Egypt on the path of sustainable tourism.

Throughout the tour, Bedouins assist tourists to across over 105-kilometres for over 10 days, through which they offer an insightful experience to their heritage and lifestyle, in what the TIME magazine called “Egypt’s first long-distance hiking trail.”

The tour, which is divided into sections, joins a series of ancient trade, travel, smuggling and shepherd routes into a single trail. The area of which travellers cross lies under the control of three Bedouin tribes: the Maaza, Ababda and Bishari.

The tribes mandate the guides of one of their members at the area they are overcrossing. Through the trail, adventurers are offered to explore the wilderness of Egypt.

“From vast desert plains to deep canyons and high peaks and from crumbling Roman towns to prehistoric rock art and chapels of Egypt’s Desert Fathers, the trail shows the best of the region’s inimitable beauty and seeks to open new kind of tourism that truly benefits its communities,” according to the Trails’ official Website.

The trail also offers travellers to hike six of the Red Sea’s most mesmerizing destinations; Jebel Shayib, the highest peak in mainland Egypt; Um Anab, which overviews the Roman town of Mons Claudianus; Jebel Abul Hassan where they get to see water pools and green meadows form after rain; Jebel Abu Dukhaan’s which centres the Roman town of Mons Porphyrites; Jebel Gattar and Wadi Faalig.

The hiking takes 4-5 days of the total trail days.

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Alwan Wa Awtar: NGO striving for youth social development https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/26/alwan-wa-awtar-ngo-striving-for-youth-social-development/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:07:49 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706141 We teach students contemporary dancing, choir singing, children pottery, storytelling, playing on musical instruments, says business development officer

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One of Egypt’s community service pillars, Azza Kamel, started her small community-based NGO 16 years ago, intending to teach underprivileged c§hildren of Zelzal district the beauty of art, and shape their personalities into mirroring the brightness of creativity.

At the time, she never had in mind that she is a little over a decade later, with the help of others, would impact over 6,550 young men and women, whom lives were positively flipped upside down just by walking into the place of Alwan Wa Awtar.

Located in the heart of Mokkatam’s underprivileged area, Zelzal, Al Qalyubia’s rural district, Kafr Hamza, and Kafr El-Sheikh’s Ezbet El-Nasr informal settlements. Alwan Wa Awtar acts like a gateway which allows both children and mothers’ to escape from poverty and the ongoing struggle of unfordable life errands.

The NGO helps children from the age of three till 15, to enhance their culture, art skills and education, through six different programmes, accessible to children from all social classes for free enrollment.

The NGO was established in 2005 and started its actual work a year later. It kicked off with only one development programme to teach children art, over the years, it expanded to reach for thousands of young generations, with six different development curriculums.

“We just started with one programme at our main building in Mokattam, and one led to another over the years, until we reached to six mega programmes for children,” said Sarah Haddad, Alwan Wa Awtar’s business development officer.

Arts, Community Libraries, Live and Learn, Youth Montessori Child Corner, Psychosocial Support, and Free Space, are the main six programmes in Alwan Wa Awtar’s schedules.

At the Arts programme, children are invited to practice different varieties of art performances that enhance their creativity and personal skills.

“We teach students contemporary dancing, choir singing, children pottery, storytelling, as well as playing on musical instruments,” Haddad explained.

The NGO has chosen to teach children arts and crafts as one of its main activities because it gradually leads to better educational performance and can be further pursued as a profession.

Through the Live and Learn programme, children are encouraged to express themselves in a safe place which allows them to develop and explore.

Psychosocial Support is one of the main programmes that Awtar Wa Alwan offers to its enrolled children. Through it, they offer their students to share their life struggles, supporting them with tools to overcome these struggles. The programme is applied in partnership with specialised institutions that provide the NGO with professional psychiatrists.

“It does not only offer psychosocial support to children, but it also extends to reach to women and youth as well. It aims to offer them a safe space to express their feelings, fears, and seek the possible solutions to assist them to overcome them with the help of art and workshops,” Haddad explained.

Mothers are also included in the programmes of the NGO. Through A’det Setat (Women’s Gathering) the mothers of the enrolled children come to have a weekly meeting in which they learn new skills and handicrafts.

“It was not so hard for parents to start noticing the impacts of our programmes on their children, even if they come from lower social classes, they started showing up requesting to be enrolled at our programmes as well, leading them to create the A’det Setat programme,” Haddad asserted.

So far, the A’det Setat programme managed to teach over 150 mothers new handicrafts.

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Breaking Bad sequel film out on Netflix in October https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/26/breaking-bad-sequel-film-out-on-netflix-in-october/ Mon, 26 Aug 2019 06:00:08 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=706007 El Camino: A Breaking Bad movie will pick up the story after Jesse Pinkman escaped the clutches of a neo-Nazi gang with the help of Walter White

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The media-services provider Netflix on Saturday announced that it will release a “Breaking Bad” film, created after the events of the hit TV show and will be centered on meth addict-turned-cook Jesse Pinkman, on Netflix in October.

The new film named El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will pick up the story after Pinkman escaped the camp of a neo-Nazi gang with the help of drug lord Walter White in the AMC show’s 2013 conclusion.

“In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future,” Netflix said in a statement.

The gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, creator of the original series, which is widely acclaimed as one of the best TV dramas ever made.

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Culture Ministry delighted with high turnover in Citadel Music Festival despite organisational failure claims https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/22/culture-ministry-delighted-with-high-turnover-in-citadel-music-festival-despite-organisational-failure-claims/ Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:54:55 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705791 Tickets for Mohsen and Massar Egbari’s concerts were sold for only EGP 20, supported by the ministry.

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The Ministry of Culture announced that the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing received over 15,000 visitors during its first three days from 18 to 20 August. The festival’s third day saw two big concerts performed by singer Mohamed Mohsen and underground band Massar Egbari.

This high turnover announced by the Ministry contradicts several testimonies by social media users claiming they were not allowed in the concert despite purchasing tickets due to excessive crowdedness.            

Tickets for Mohsen and Massar Egbari’s concerts were sold for only EGP 20, supported by the ministry.

Minister of Culture Inas Adel Dayem expressed in a press release her happiness with the success of the festival that sends innovative cultural messages, stating that the “civilised attitude of the attending people is a positive feedback to the country’s effort in building citizens.”

On the other hand, dozens of social media users complained “organisational failure” which deprived them from entering the concert despite the availability of tickets at the entrance of the citadel.

Ahmed Bastan, one of the attendees, stated in a Facebook post that he was informed by the security that the place’s capacity is maximum 4,000 people, and the number of people who were allowed exceeded 5,000, “yet tickets were still being sold at the entrance!”

“I got in with a miracle, but [I saw] people with tickets who could not get in, and the security stated that the actual people who were allowed in were over 5,000,” he added.

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Meet the Nubian woman working on raising Koreans’ awareness about Pharaohs https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/meet-the-nubian-woman-working-on-raising-koreans-awareness-about-pharaohs/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:45:27 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705554 I want to change mainstream ideas in both countries, says El-Demerdash

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The day Nour El-Demerdash stepped inside the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, she opened her eyes about the glory of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, sensing many people’s ignorance across the world about it. She made up her mind into raising awareness about this shining, captivating world to as much people as possible, especially those who have not heard of it before. She could not find anything better, but her passion with Korean language to open the knowledge window to those who have not been aware of this world before.

Nour in her mid-twenties was the only Egyptian, and one of only three people from Africa, who won the Korean language speaking contest, which qualified her to visit Korea for ten days in which she kept telling the people about where she comes from.

“I have always been passionate with South Korea; its language, culture, and food. However, the more I dug into its culture, the more I knew that Koreans barely know anything about Egypt. So, I decided to combine the two things I love the most in life, which are ancient Egyptian and Korean civilisations under one umbrella of raising Koreans’ awareness about our Pharaohs,” El-Demerdash told Daily News Egypt.

Dressed as a pharaonic queen with a long black gown and the famous golden crowns, Nour spent her days talking to people about the ancient Egyptian civilisation, the beliefs of kings and queens, and the burial chambers and tombs.

“When I say ‘Egypt’, most people did not know the location of the country. It was not until I said the Pyramids, when they started acknowledging it. Even then, they thought that the Egyptians are still living in the desert and use camels for transportation!” she described.

El-Demerdash was astonished to face the look people had down at her. With her “weird looking attire,” she was firstly thought as “a refugee who has no clothes or a beggar.”

However, her warm smile, determination, and consistency led dozens of people to stop and listen to her, as she described Egypt’s most famous touristic places, and the sunny weather to enjoy in the country.

The Egyptian souvenirs added a charm to her promotional efforts, which was met with huge success after few days.

“I took a large number of post cards, small statues, and papyrus papers, to leave something behind with every person I talked to. I even wrote behind every post card the name of the touristic place in Korean in order to encourage people to google these places,” she joyfully added.

It was not so long after digging in the Korean culture that the Nubian young lady noticed its quite closeness to her own culture, and that both countries are not culturally that far away from each other like most people may think. This is when she decided to also hold the flag of her heritage as a Nubian Egyptian woman, and wear El-Jerjar and expose it to Koreans, telling them about her hometown.

El-Jerjar is the traditional Nubian female costume. In Nubian culture, El-Jergar is a long-tailed dress. According to their belief, the dress’ tail has to be long enough to reach the ground beneath the girl who’s wearing it, in order to erase her foot trace. That way, no one knows the places she heads to or where she lives. Nubians believe that this is a form of protection and privacy.

Their culture also imposes that El-Jerjar has to be black. However, it can be transparent in order to reveal the colourful dresses worn underneath.

“The dress led number of people to ask about it, So I explained more about the Nubian culture, and where I came from,” she said.

In her stay, Nour focused on changing the mainstream idea, the Koreans have about the Egyptians.

“Most of those who were aware of Egypt, previously met annoying Egyptians who did not respect their privacy or robbed them. That exceeded my determination in fixing the idea some mistakenly portrayed before,” she added.

Currently, El-Demerdash is helping Egyptians who are interested in learning Korean language through free courses to teach them alphabets and numbers.

“As I focused on raising Koreans’ awareness of our ancestors, I want to help the spread of the culture I love the most in Egypt,” she explained.

With the help of some colleagues, they roam governorates when they hold classes at public parks to teach groups the Korean language.

“At the end, I want to change the mainstream ideas in both countries, and bring both sides closer,” she concluded.

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Four plays performed for free at Theatre House https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/four-plays-performed-for-free-at-theatre-house/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:21:09 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705551 The four shows participate in the official competition of the festival which kicked off on Saturday, running until the end of the month. All plays tackle social aspects of everyday life and people’s struggle in the Egyptian society.

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The Theatre House opens its doors to public on Tuesday presenting four plays for free, celebrating the 12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival.

The four shows participate in the official competition of the festival which kicked off on Saturday, running until the end of the month. All plays tackle social aspects of everyday life and people’s struggle in the Egyptian society.

Shebak Maksor (A Broken Window) is one of the shows taking place at the theatre. The play tells the story of a working-class family that live in a house with a broken window which they do not afford to fix. Throughout the plot, the play discusses the struggles of the working class in Egypt, and the ways they try to overcome the financial challenges as they try to fix the window, and the circumstances they face throughout the period of which the window was broken.

The play is produced and performed by El Taliaa theater troupe.

Noh Al-Hamam (The Pigeons’ Whipping) is another play that is being performed at the theatre. It tells the story of Watany, a man from Upper Egypt, who went missing, changing the lives of the people connected to him as they were severely affected with his absence. The play is also produced by El Taliaa and was met with success over the last few months.

Al-Hadtha (The Accident) and Beit Al-Ashbah (The Ghost House) is also among the plays to be performed for free at the theatre.

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Veteran Lebanese singer Elissa retires protesting music scene  https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/20/veteran-lebanese-singer-elissa-retires-protesting-music-scene/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:17:00 +0000 https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/?p=705543 The 45 year old star said so on her official Twitter account adding that she is putting all of her efforts in her latest albums. She also cited difficulty in being “productive” as a reason for the shock retirement.

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Prominent Lebanese singer, Elissa, announced her retirement right after the release of her next album, while criticizing the mafioso nature of the music scene.

The 45 year old star said so on her official Twitter account adding that she is putting all of her efforts in her latest albums. She also cited difficulty in being “productive” as a reason for the shock retirement.

“I am preparing this new album with a lot of love and passion. The reason is that it will be the last one in my career. I am announcing this with a heavy heart but with a lot of conviction because I can’t work in a field that is similar to mafias. I can’t be productive anymore,” she tweeted.

The romance music icon recently captured people’s heart after announcing her battle with breast cancer, through her video clip Ella Kol Elle Byheboni (To all Those Who Love me) in which she announced winning the battle while raising people’s awareness about breast cancer. 

Elissa won the World Music Award for being the Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist. Since the early 1990s, when her career started, she enriched the world with dozens of songs that have been an inseparable part of the modern music scene.

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Disney to recreate Home Alone trilogy https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/19/disney-to-recreate-home-alone-trilogy/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 18:06:38 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705403 The streaming platform is to be available in the United States in November, for almost $7 per month, with an expansion plan in Europe. 

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For most of the 1980s generation, growing up watching Home Alone film series has been an inseparable part of their childhood. Spending hours following the unbeatable plan of the 8-year-old Kevin McCallister who was left alone during the Christmas holiday at the family’s giant house to combat a robbery by two thieves, has been the ultimate joy for millions of children worldwide. Almost 30 years after its release, Disney announced recreating the sequel but this time in a TV show to be aired on Disney+, the company’s new TV screening marketplace.

The streaming platform is to be available in the United States in November, for almost $7 per month, with an expansion plan in Europe. 

The planned show focuses on the family movie as a start, with an expansion plan that reaches out to most of comedy family films that marked huge success at their cinema screening.

Disney’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger told AFP, “Disney was focused on leveraging Fox’s vast library of great titles… for example reimagining ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Night at the Museum,’ ‘Cheaper by the Dozen,’ and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ for a new generation on Disney+.”

He added, “nothing is more important than getting this right.”

No details about the acting stars were announced, neither if the new reboots are scripted to be films or TV shows.

Disney also announced rebooting the hit film trilogy Night at the Museum, which has grossed over $1.35bn worldwide.

The rebooting versions are to be screened on Disney+ service as a part of its original content. The new platform will also screen hundreds of superhero films that are produced by Marvel Studios, owned by Disney.

Disney+ will offer its audience 300 movies including its “Star Wars” as well as Pixar and Marvel titles.

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Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/19/jennifer-lopez-evokes-egyptian-outrage-post-her-north-coast-performance/ Mon, 19 Aug 2019 17:06:42 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705370 With the event's scale in mind, JLo's fans in Egypt raced to buy the relatively-expensive tickets and before long the highly-anticipated night took place.

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Dubbed as a global sensation, her name is synonymous with bold music, feverish dance routines and a glittering wardrobe. In time for her 50th birthday, the international performer chose to change several gender and age-related stereotypes through a global tour. Between stunning photoshoots and news flashes from her sold-out concerts, Jennifer Lopez (nicknamed JLo) has been a reoccurring topic of interest in global newswires; championed for proving that female performers can maintain a strong career after 50.

A couple of months ahead of the summer season, the Egyptian audience was surprised to learn that the award-winning performer is scheduled to bring her birthday tour to the New Alamein City in The North Coast, Egypt. With the event’s scale in mind, JLo’s fans in Egypt raced to buy the relatively-expensive tickets and before long the highly-anticipated night took place.

Nevertheless, the concert’s repercussions veered away from all expected scenarios. Despite the unquestionable support of the government and the healthy number of attendees, the general public was quick to criticize several aspects of the star-studded night. Between the performer’s controversial choice of wardrobe and her tour’s previous stops, social media attacked the concert and a well-known Egyptian lawyer soon filed for a lawsuit against the singer.

Standing in the heart of contradicting feedback, Rabih Mockbel is an entertainment entrepreneur determined to further push the envelope and change the industry. In two years, Mockbel managed to bring world-class performances such as Uber Haus and Tale of Us for the first time to Egypt. Their success paved the way to further exploration.

“Later, I organized the El Gouna Film Festival’s opening party, Solomun in Sahel Hashish and Black Coffee in Gouna during the dead season of February. At that point I realized that 50% of my work in Egypt is going to focus on this industry; which is events, concerts and activations,” said the Lebanese entrepreneur and founder of Venture Lifestyle.

It was through his expanding portfolio that he got a primary confirmation from a mega sponsor promising interest in bringing a big international performance to Egypt. “I previously worked with Jennifer Lopez and her team in Abu Dhabi; when my team used to work on the Ferrari F1 events with Mubadala,” explained Mockbel.

While tickets were selling out fast and everyone was eager to express pre-concert excitement on social media, few digital campaigns asked the public to boycott the concert given the fact that JLo performed at Tel Aviv only weeks before her Egyptian concert. The campaign went viral. Even though it did not seem to slow down the sales, it already put the event on the negative side of the news.

“What people do not know is that this date was assigned four months in advance, we had no clue at the time that this date will coincide with the day of Arafat. In parallel, the performer’s team chose the date according to the tour’s stops.” Mockbel added “we were determined to address our keenness on not being directly before or after Tel Aviv. The team put effort into plugging in two cities between Tel Aviv and New Alamein; she visited Malaga and Antalya in the middle on purpose.”

Despite the resentment online, the VIP tickets sold out three weeks before the event and the Golden Circle sold out three days before the event. “As for the standing tickets, we left it open till the last moment because they were relatively expensive, 150$ for a ticket that only gets you inside the concert without any further perks – we sold 9,000 tickets, which is very good,” announced Mockbel.

On the 9th of August, social media was swamped with videos and pictures from the concert. Reportedly 1000 thought-leaders – including ministers, government officials, celebrities and businessmen – were among the crowd. According to the organizers, 16,000 attendees enjoyed the performer’s repertoire of exotic dance moves and bold outfits. While those on ground praised the world-class performance, those keeping up with the shenanigans through their phones did not seem to agree.

Social media users were quick to compare the American performer’s wardrobe to Rania Youssef’s highly criticized dress from the 40th Cairo International Film Festival’s closing ceremony. The posts questioned why the Egyptian actress was prosecuted and publicly shamed for her choice while JLo was praised. The digital frustration soon encouraged Egyptian lawyer, Samir Sabry, to file a lawsuit against the American celebrity.

“These transparent and nude clothes and the date of the concert is not appropriate at all,” said the well-known lawyer to local media. According to him, her wardrobe choices “violates Egyptian norms and traditions.” Described by Sabry as “naked on stage”, the performer wore the same outfits she previously wore through the tour; including a rhinestone-studded leotard that covers one arm and one leg, which she refers to as her birthday suit.

With that in mind, the performer added one extra outfit to her tour wardrobe as she wore a red ensemble designed by Nagwa Zahran. The ruffled outfit went viral online; however, many were torn between praising the designer for being the first Egyptian to dress JLo on stage and pointing out the outfit’s questionable quality.

“I believe that Lopez is a great iconic star, who has been touring for the past two months with the same wardrobe around the world. You have to either accept who she is or leave her.” Mockbel added “we needed her more than she needed us, we need to be aware of this. Egypt truly needed a similar event. When we all agree on this, we will be at peace with her choice of wardrobe.”

According to Mockbel, Lopez’s team has already been in contact with him regarding the lawsuit; inquiring regarding its seriousness and what it can lead to. “We are planning not to highlight the lawsuit; instead, focus on the success of this event and the positive feedback that we have been receiving from local and foreign attendees. We organized such an event right after a terrorist attack and still, 16,000 people showed up; it is a very big step and message to the world about the country’s level of safety and tourism growth potential,” stated Mockbel.

According to the organizers, they believe that if they ignore the lawsuit for a few days, everyone will eventually forget about it. Nevertheless, social media users have already found another concert-related detail to question. With 98.7 million followers on Instagram, the performer documented each of her previous stops with a dedicated post and few stories. Yet, she has not shared anything regarding her performance in Egypt until this date.

Positioned as an event that is set to bring international attention to Egypt and capitalize on the performer’s popularity, especially on social media – the concert was once again under fire for failing to secure a digital post on JLo’s account.

“Our agreement with JLo does not include online posting. Some countries do pay money for a social media post. Instead, I paid for other activities. Because I do not think we should pay money for such a thing. It is our job as a country to advertise for the event and not her job. She showed up, gave a stellar performance, and even brought her kids along to show them the country; she did her job perfectly,” said Mockbel.

Already looking ahead, Mockbel and his team are ready to move forward. Accordingly, they are already in contact with Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber among others for performances between November and December.

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12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene https://ww.dailynewssegypt.com/2019/08/18/12th-national-egyptian-theatre-festival-fuel-up-public-theatre-art-scene/ Sun, 18 Aug 2019 20:09:03 +0000 https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/?p=705286 The theatrical performances, targeting both adults and children, participate in the festival’s main competitions that run until the end of the festival on 30 August.

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Nine theatre shows took place on Sunday, filling all public theatres in shows as a part of the 12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival, which kicked off on Saturday.

The theatrical performances, targeting both adults and children, participate in the festival’s main competitions that run until the end of the festival on 30 August.

The festival is headed by prominent actor Ahmed Abdel Aziz was inaugurated by the Minister of Culture, Inas Abdel Dayem at the Cairo Opera House main theatre, under the name of the late veteran artist Karam Metawe’.

Abdel Dayem said at the opening ceremony that this year’s edition sends many noble messages, and celebrates a large number of unique, creative theatre plays.

“I’m quite thrilled with the movement the public theatre is witnessing, that leads to having a number of plays at different governorates. Youth are playing an effective role in bringing creative plays into reality,” she added.

The opening ceremony witnessed the honouring of several veteran artists, including late actor Farouk Al-Fishawy, prominent actress Sawsan Badr, legendary singer Ali El-Haggar, as well as late renowned comedian Mohamed Negm, late theatrical actress Mohsena Tawfik, and director Mohsen Helmy

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